ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Alper Cetingok, managing director and co-head of the security, defense and government services investment banking practice at Raymond James, was recently named a 40 Under 40 Dealmaker by The M&A Advisor. A leading publication in the mergers and acquisitions field, The M&A Advisor annually honors 40 emerging leaders under the age of 40 in each of the categories of dealmaker, legal advisor and service provider. Recipients were chosen by an independent panel of business leaders.
“I’m honored to be named a 40 Under 40 professional by The M&A Advisor,” said Cetingok. “M&A is a team effort, so in receiving this award, I want to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of my team to the success of our practice and to thank our clients for entrusting us with what is often the most important transaction of their careers.”
Cetingok, 38, began his career at Morgan Keegan in 1997. In 2000, at the age of 25, he developed and launched an investment banking group focused exclusively on the security industry; the first of its kind at a major investment bank. Under his leadership, Morgan Keegan became the industry’s most recognized and active firm and completed numerous landmark transactions, including the second-largest transaction in the industry’s history. After Raymond James acquired Morgan Keegan in 2012, Cetingok led the integration of the two companies’ activities in the security and defense sectors.
“Alper is one of the great young minds in our industry,” said Dav Mosby, senior managing director and head of investment banking. “His experience and knowledge have been invaluable to our clients. This award underscores the firm’s commitment to attract and retain the best and brightest in our industry. I am proud of Alper and the practice he has built.”
The M&A Advisor will honor all 40 recipients at an awards gala in New York City on Oct. 1.
Raymond James’ Security, Defense & Government Services Investment Banking Group provides M&A advisory and public and private capital-raising services to companies and investors around the world. The group has completed more than 115 M&A and financing transactions valued at approximately $16 billion. In 2012, Global Security Finance named the group the leading M&A advisor to the security and defense industry.
Cetingok is based in the firm’s Memphis office.
About Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Raymond James Financial (NYSE-RJF) is a Florida-based diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies. Its three principal wholly owned broker/dealers, Raymond James & Associates, Raymond James Financial Services and Raymond James Ltd., have approximately 6,300 financial advisors serving more than 2.5 million accounts in approximately 2,500 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In addition, total client assets are approximately $405 billion.
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